This weekend, London's ICA celebrates one of the most critical events in music: the release of the C86 mix tape. The mixtape held the songs of a generation of British groups that some say launched the Indie sound.

This weekend, London's ICA celebrates one of the most critical events in music: the release of the C86 mix tape. The mixtape held the songs of a generation of British groups that some say launched the Indie sound. In the Guardian, Manic Street Preacher Nicky Wire says:

Music history holds that nothing much happened in British rock between the rise of the Smiths (early 1980s) and the rise of the Stone Roses (early 1990s), but something did. For want of a better name, it gets called C86, after a compilation tape the NME put out that year. It was iconoclastic and human, and so fiercely independent it was kind of beyond authenticity. Some people have called it the true birth of indie, in which case this year marks its 20th anniversary.

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